The hip joint is where the leg joins the pelvis. If this large joint experiences injury, arthritis, or mechanical stress, one may experience hip, leg, buttock, or low back pain.
Depending on the condition that’s causing your hip pain, you might feel the pain in your:
- Inside of the hip joint
- Outside of the hip joint
You may feel pain from other areas of the body, such as the back or groin can radiate to the hip. If your hip pain is caused by a tendon strain, a muscle, osteoarthritis, or tendinitis, you can generally relieve it with an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Motrin or Aleve.
Rheumatoid arthritis treatments may include prescription anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids, or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) like methotrexate and sulfasalazine.
If you have no relief a hip joint injection may be considered. The injection may help relieve the pain and discomfort, as well as help diagnose the cause of pain.
The injections involve injecting the medicine directly into the joint.
Diagnostic function: By injecting numbing medicine into the joint, the amount of immediate pain relief experienced will help confirm or deny if the joint is the source of pain. If total pain relief is achieved it means that joint is likely to be the source of pain.
Pain relief function: a time-release cortisone is also injected into these joints along with the numbing medication, to reduce inflammation, which can often provide long term pain relief.